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Carriage Blocked Message Photosmart c5280

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HP Photosmart C5280
macOS 10.15 Catalina

I have the same problem as tagmike had 2 years ago;


(Copied from his post:)

I'm getting a "Carriage Blocked" error on my faithful old c5280 printer. The carriage moves freely, there is no paper jammed, and the printer is meticulously clean (as far as I can see) but this error message is persistent.


I found and followed all the HP-posted service procedures on the subject, and even followed the Semi/Full Reset procedure posted below (for reference). Everything looks great on this full reset until I get:



! Carriage Blocked

Raise cover and remove cardboard or tape that is preventing the carriage from moving.



Again, there is no obstruction and the carriage is moving freely. If I open the cover while it's "setting up," the carriage is moving around on its own with no problem.


Could there be a hardware sensor that is obstructed or damaged that I could free up? I know this is an old printer, but it has been a faithful friend for years.


I tried every step mentioned by the HP support agents, but still nothing works. I read that the support agents send tagmike a private message to maybe help restore a hardware issue. Is there any chance I could receive this message as well?

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Welcome to HP Community


I have gone through your Post and I understand your concerns


At this point I suggest you contact HP Support in your region for service options


1) Click on this link - 
2) Select your product type below.
3) Enter the serial of your device. 
4) Select the country from the drop-down. 
5) Select the chat or get phone number options based on your preferences. 
6) Fill the web-form and proceed further.

Thank you


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